If you have experience of working with children, young people and families experiencing domestic abuse, this is an amazing opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference to families living in your community.

About Us

We are Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity that provides free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse. We work across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford.

Formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge, our mission is to provide rapid responses that increase safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change.

We are looking for two Family Domestic Abuse Practitioners to join us on a permanent contract. 

The Benefits

- SCP 21-23 (£23,182 - £24,482 a year) depending on qualifications & experience 

- employer’s contributory pension scheme

- 25 days annual leave, rising after 2 years service

- Employee Assistance Programme, and a staff learning and development programme

- Career development and progression opportunities

- Join a skilled team who are passionate about making a positive change

Our staff are our most valuable asset, so we are dedicated to creating a nurturing work environment where all can thrive. We are open, honest and fair, value diversity and always strive to act with courage; challenging injustices and enabling the voices of our survivors to be heard.

We are working towards a future without domestic abuse. If you are approachable, compassionate and eager to help us achieve our goal, this is the role for you.

The Role

As a Family Domestic Abuse Practitioner, you will provide specialist domestic abuse support to parents and their children.

In this important role, you’ll work with our Youth Domestic Violence Advisors within the wider CYP service and with our Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and Domestic Abuse Practitioners in our Adult Services, working together to support rebuilding family bonds and increasing the resilience of families as a whole.

Specifically, you will:

- Work as part of the Children & Young People’s Service to accept and manage referrals
- Carry out initial needs and risk assessments
- Provide a needs-led, trauma-sensitive approach to supporting service users and their children
- Ensure that families have robust safety support plans in place
- Support children and young people through 1:1 work, family and group activities

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About You

To join us as a Family Domestic Abuse Practitioner, you will need experience of the following:

- Working with children, young people and families experiencing domestic abuse
- Working with vulnerable and challenging children and their families
- Running/delivering groups with children and parents
- Working alongside other agencies

Experience of any of the following would be beneficial: partnership working and representing organisations at external meetings and conferences, working in a community or voluntary organisation, using qualitative and quantitative data in the compilation of written reports or creating and delivering domestic abuse awareness and training packages for professionals and volunteers.

This role is available on a full-time or part-time basis.


Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.  So, if you are seeking your next step as a Family Domestic Abuse Practitioner, please apply via the downloadable application form below.

For an informal chat about the role please ring Justine Musk, Children & Young Person's Service Manager on 07495 408308

To apply click here

Closing Date: 12th August 2022 at 12pm (noon)